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Pistol recoil tolerance

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by gspn, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. threefortyduster

    threefortyduster Member

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    I don't have any short barreled guns bigger than .357 Magnum. However, shooting .480 Ruger even out of a 7.5" barreled Super Redhawk with a red dot on it still wasn't comfortable. I would only probably put about 12 or 18 rounds through it in one day (cost is also a major concern with that gun).

    .44 Magnum from a 7.5" barrel isn't bad at all, but I really want to see the difference with a 4" or so barrel.
     
  2. Shadow 7D

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    a KT P40
    believe it's the lightest production 40 ever made
    they stopped it, seems too many got returned that weren't broken
    I couldn't shoot it fast, reset was long, even trying to 'ride' the recoil, ended with my hands over my head.

    OH, and EVERY pull of the trigger felt like someone taking a ballpeen hammer to my hands...
     
  3. OilyPablo

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    I shot a .500S&W. It was a HUGE BOOM. It rattles buried 8x8 posts. But the recoil was smooth and not that abusive. I shoot hot 10mm all day long out of my Glock 20 and S&W 1006. YET - I have shot a Glock 27 (.40S&W) that was so totally abusively snappy I knew instantly that combination sucked.

    That said what is the .510 GNR all about? How is that?
     
  4. bhk

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    I am 63 and have shot handguns since my early 20's. A few months ago, I was shocked and extremely dismayed to find my wrist hurting after firing three magazines through my .45 auto. It hurt for almost a week. Subsequent shooting has had the same results. Since shooting is my most important hobby, this has me really, really depressed. More .22s, I guess.
     
  5. Stress_Test

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    bhk,

    If you don't reload .45 auto, try some of the Winchester white box ammo (often found at Walmart) in the 185 grain FMJ flatnose variety.

    It is a pretty light target load and may be easier on your wrist.
     
  6. clg114

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    I agree with kozak6. I'm a big guy with big hands and don't have too much of a problem with big recoil. I have a AMT Backup in 380. This a very small gun and it just plain hurts to shoot it. I think it is the only handgun I've ever shot that is not fun to shoot.
     
  7. Teachu2

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    You might want to try a new recoil spring - if yours isn't up to snuff, it will cause the symptom you describe.
     
  8. 481

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    Yeah, that's kind of my upper limit, too.

    Out of my 7.5" stainless SBH, 240 gr. JHPs run about 1350 fps and give it a free recoil velocity of 20.1 fps- just at the edge of discomfort for me. Lotsa folks complain about the squared-off rear of the trigger guard giving 'em all sortsa pain, but it has never bit in all these years.
     
  9. Iggy

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    I shot a dozen "Elmer Keith loads" out of my Model 58 S&W .41 mag, on my days off for 13 years.
    I would draw and fire them one at a time. They weren't fun but I got pretty handy with that gun.

    I can tell you that recoil is cumulative.

    I get a lot more enjoyment out of a K-22 or K-38 these days..
     
  10. Pete D.

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    Do you think that you are getting 1100 fps with those Tyrannosaur Thumpers out of a 64 ounce snubbie? Or less velocity and a lighter gun? Pretty thumpy in any case.
    My Encore is about four pounds; velocity is above 1100. It hurts to shoot it as I noted earlier.....wouldn't have thought that recoil was up that high though. Wow.
     
  11. 56hawk

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    970 fps out of a 52 ounce gun. Recoil looks like this:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Pete D.

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    Recoil

    Yipe!

    Pete
     
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